Thanks to 20th Century Fox we had the chance to see ‘Patti Cakes‘ before its national release. This is our review of the movie, but as usual, no matter what we say, we still recommend you to go and see it at your local cinema because there is no better critic than yourself!

“Patti Cakes” is is an uplifting story about a rap star wannabe Patti Dumbrowski (played by Australian Danielle McDonald). Stuck in New Jersey she struggles between taking care of her sick grandma, her hostile alcoholic mother and trying to pursue a career as a rap artist.

First time director Geremy Jasper immerses the audience into the feel of the rap culture present in the “wrong side” of New Jersey. Patti is a character that is automatically likeable, grounded in realism, reflected through her everyday struggles, showing the harsh realities of a girl trying to do the best under trying circumstances.

“Patti Cakes” feels like the female “8 Mile” although with a lighter and more uplifting tone. There are many dream sequences throughout the film as Patti fantasises about her life as her rap alter ego “Killer P”.

“Patti Cakes” is fun and enjoyable to watch! The film is filled with great original music and doesn’t fall into the trap of many ‘inspirational films’ where all the protagonists dreams and goals are fulfilled. The film is about small victories, the importance of positivity, friendship and stepping in the direction of your goals; leaving the audience with a positive and uplifting message.

Both Danielle McDonald (Patti) and Bridget Everett (playing Patti’s mother) are excellent! Relatively unknown McDonald not only pulls off a great New Jersey accent but successfully carries the film and the struggles of her character with ease. Bridget Everett is fantastic as Patti’s alcoholic mother with a heart of gold, and who can’t overcome her own failed music 20 years prior. The mother daughter relationship is at the heart of the film, showing a loving and hostile relationship.

The films only downfall is in moments it falls into predictable and unrealistic plot points. Without giving spoilers the films main ‘conflict’ felt rushed and out of place within the realistic storyline.

“Patti Cakes” is a fun, feel good, original film and is a refreshing change from the typical Hollywood film.


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